Straight outta Compton to CTU. After lengthy on-and-off negotiations, Corey Hawkins has signed on as the male lead in 24: Legacy, Fox’s pilot that reboots the 24 franchise with brand new characters, led by Eric Carter (Hawkins). The character, who succeeds Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer as the hero on the show, was conceived as written as African American. Sutherland is not reprising his role and is not creatively involved in the project at this time.
24: Legacy, written by 24 veterans Manny Coto and Evan Katz and directed by Stephen Hopkins (who helmed the original 24 pilot), centers on military hero Eric Carter (Hawkins) and chronicles his return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back – compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil. Coming from a very rough background, Carter turned his life around in the Army Rangers but now, back home in Virginia with his wife Nicole, he’s pulled back into action as his past comes looking for him.
Unlike the original 24, which was centered squarely on Jack Bauer, 24: Legacy will have a strong female lead, a woman with a long history at the agency and former head of CTU. There will likely be mentions of former CTU members from the original 24 series on 24: Legacy, and some of them will be featured in photos, but there are no plans for any of the 24 cast members to have an ongoing presence on the new series.
Hawkins is coming off his breakout role as Dr. Dre in the feature hit Straight Outta Compton. He also recently did an arc on the hugely popular AMC series The Walking Dead and will next be seen in Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island. A graduate of Juilliard, Hawkins previously starred on Broadway in Romeo & Juliet. He is repped by ICM Partners and Jackoway Tyerman.